Brakes locked up on a 1999 Dodge Durango

Tiny
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  • 1998 DODGE DURANGO
  • 5.2L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
We had the master cynlinder fixed and everything was fine for about 2 mths and then the front end messed up and we repaired the ball joint on the passenger side and when we put it all back together an drove it for about 30 mins the brakes locked up so we loosened the brake line and they freed up but now locked up again within 2 miles. What would cause that?
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Friday, March 13th, 2015 AT 4:51 PM

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Tiny
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Next time the brakes fail to release, loosen the two nuts holding the master cylinder to the booster. If that lets them release, inspect the brake light switch to see if it's holding the brake pedal down a little.

Also inspect the rubber bladder seal under the master cylinder's reservoir cap. If it is blown up and mushy, we'll have to have a discussion about the cause and remedy.
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Friday, March 13th, 2015 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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They are still locked up right now the seal is good on the master. But I'm not to sure how to or really what u mean by the light switch though. Could you explain more on that.
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Friday, March 13th, 2015 AT 5:32 PM
Tiny
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You started this post already through part of the diagnostic procedure by loosening the steel line, but you didn't say where you loosened it. You're looking for the closest place to the master cylinder where the brake fluid is being trapped and is not being allowed to flow back into the reservoir. I may have assumed incorrectly, but I thought you loosened the line right at the master cylinder. If that is wrong, let me know.

If I was right, there's only a few things that can cause the fluid to be blocked from returning, and all of them have to do with the master cylinder's lip seals being too far forward and blocking the return ports. A misadjusted brake light switch can hold the brake pedal down a little and do that. A misadjusted booster push rod on those that are adjustable can do that. The third cause is brake fluid contaminated with a petroleum product, and that is a real big deal that warrants much more discussion.
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Friday, March 13th, 2015 AT 6:20 PM

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